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The hostages 1985: Beirut ordeal ends for US hostages

All 39 Americans being held captive by the Shia Muslim Amal militia in Lebanon are released, after almost three weeks in captivity.

Soyuz 1 1971: Space mission ends in tragedy
Three Russian cosmonauts are found dead in their Soyuz 11 space capsule after it made what looked like a perfect landing in Kazakhstan.

Biafran soldier 1969: Nigeria bans Red Cross aid to Biafra
Four million people face starvation when the Nigerian government bans night flights of food by the Red Cross.

Eclipse of the sun 1954: Three continents see eclipse of sun
Millions of people turn to look at the darkening skies as a total eclipse of the sun spreads from America through Europe and on to Asia.

Baroness Thatcher 1992: Thatcher takes her place in Lords
Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher takes her place in the House of Lords as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven.

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Top Story 1991: Yugoslav troops move against Slovenia
Top Story 1960: Welsh pit blast kills 37 miners
Top Story 1995: US shuttle docks with Russian space station
Top Story 1997: Hong Kong handed over to Chinese control
Top Story 1964: President Johnson signs Civil Rights Bill
Top Story 1988: US warship shoots down Iranian airliner
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